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10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Everyone has great ideas for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. Our ideas actually work. How do we know that? Well, I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, I know (and write professionally) about healthy eating, and I have a Master’s in systemic counseling. More importantly, we use these tips ourselves.

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A Peek Into Vegan Living with Attila Hildmann

Knowing I’m a vegetarian and fitness pro, a P.R. friend of mine recently sent me two books by Europe’s top-selling (almost 1 million copies) cookbook author, Attila Hildmann. The books are “Vegan for Fun” and “Vegan for Fit.” A cross between a healthy lifestyle philosophy and cookbook, these are books worth your time (and appetite).

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Coffee Brownies

Are you one of the kabillion people who likes coffee and chocolate? If so, you will want to bake this coffee brownie recipe (or at least lick the computer screen).

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Vanilla Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

Nielsen Massey sent me some vanilla sugar so I decided to make cinnamon rolls. They were delectable. I tweaked a King Arthur Flour recipe to create these. One person is going to win some N-M vanilla sugar along with a 2 ounce bottle of vanilla. If you’re a vanilla lover, this is for you.

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ShiftCon: Make a Shift Toward Better Health

What happens if you bring together brands, bloggers and non-profits for a conference billed as “the first eco-wellness social media conference?” Shift. Shift is what happens. At the inaugural ShiftCon event this past weekend, hundreds of people came together to further the national conversation about the way we eat and live, and how that impacts our health and the environment.

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Small Steps; BIg Changes

4 Health and Fitness Strategies for Losing and Winning

Whether you wish to gain energy, drop fat, make healthier food choices, reduce stress, cut the need for medications, improve mood, sleep better — to name just a few goals – see whether any of these 4 strategies work for you.

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7 Healthy Living Products You Want to Know About

We are just back from the annual IDEA World Fitness Convention with some food and products that should interest you. I shall share seven that grabbed my attention, from posture improving clothing to water from my past.

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10 Steps to Sustainable Change

To make lasting healthy changes, it’s important to identify the steps that will get you there. Successful change comes from mapping out specific, small, sustainable steps so you can get from 1 to 10, then stay at 10.

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Fitness Advice from a 50 year old Mom to her 21 year old Daughter: Guest Post from Taylor Leandro

Guest post: What advice does mom have as I get ready to launch my post-college career? I hope her advice works for you as well, no matter your age or life stage

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5 things wine and exercise have in common

5 Things Wine and Exercise Have in Common

How would you respond if you were asked to speak at a big wine event yet rarely drank wine? Of course, we raised our hands (if not our wine glasses). Then we came up with 5 ways exercise and wine are quite similar. Can you think of others?

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